This place is an absolute must....if you've got the spare pennies!
We booked in for a night at the end of our S.A 'leg', and we weren't disappointed. knowing we were pushed for time we gambled on 2 game drives being enough (and about as far as our coppers would allow!).
Although it's a bit of a drive, the scenery more than makes up for it, and the staff (right from the security on the outer gate) are a delight, and a credit to the reserve.
We were upgraded from a normal 'tent' to a deluxe one which included outdoor shower, plunge pool, hammocks, and all the mod cons in a superb raised setting overlooking the valley.
Food was original and vast considering the location of the place. Our game driver was a true star and ensured our 6-7 hours worth of drive was comfortable, informative, and absolutely jaw-dropping.
They really do have the big 6 in that reserve, and we were lucky enough to get up close and personal with all bar the cheetahs who are a bit tricky to find.
If you've got the cash spare..do it. If you haven't, it's worth the credit card bill!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A mere 75 km from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari is the crown jewel of private game reserves situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela. This privately owned 25 000 hectares of prime natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Shamwari is an exploration of nature with close encounters of free roaming wildlife and the coveted big five with a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different game lodges on Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a game lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. EAGLES CRAG LODGE - Exclusivity, privacy and serenity for the most discerning of travelersBAYETHE TENTED LODGE - The ultimate in luxury tented accommodationSARILI LODGE - A colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small partiesLONG LEE MANOR - Refined elegance from a bygone era. RIVERDENE FAMILY LODGE - Colonial Africa in an elegantly restored CHILD FRIENDLY frontier home. VILLA LOBENGULA - Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. Booked on an exclusive use basis only. EXPLORER CAMP - Camping & walking experience among the Big 5 on the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve ON SAFARI - Game drives can last up to 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles / Guided walks / Star gazing RELAX - Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Eagles Crag, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Long Lee Manor ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shamwari Game Reserve Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve